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Sexual Selection and the Barn Swallow

Series: Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution (OSEE)

By: Anders Pape Moller

376 pages, 115 line illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | May 1994 | #31965 | ISBN: 0198540280
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Hardback | Dec 1994 | #31966 | ISBN: 0198540299
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Presents a long-term field study of the monogamous barn swallow, and uses the findings to review the theory of sexual selection and its two main components: male-male competition and female choice.

"Moller's field studies are remarkable in scope, in the degree to which experimentation has been employed and in the extent to which they confirm a priori theory. Collectively they make one of the most complete cases so far for adaptive female choice of a sexual ornament..." --Nature
"This book is not confined to sexual selection in its narrow sense of reproductive competition; Moller uses barn swallows to examine virtually every important question in evolutionary biology....The book touches on topics ranging from speciation to life history theory, with nods along the way to foraging ecology, sex ratio evolution, migration, and the evolutionary consequences of geographic variation....Moller displays a remarkable opportunism in his research, losing no chance to turn the smallest piece of information into a test of a hypothesis....This dedication to detail is combined with a thorough grounding in theory throughout the book....Perhaps some of the biologists using Drosophila or Caen


1. Introduction; 2. Models of sexual selection and monogamy; 3. The study organism; 4. Male mating advantages; 5. Benefits of mate choice; 6. Determinants of tail ornament size; 7. Advantages of early arrival; 8. Options for unmated males; 9. Parasites and sexual selection; 10. Parental care and male ornamentation; 11. Sperm competition and sexual selection; 12. Sexual size dimorphism and female ornaments; 13. Geographic variation in ornament size; 14. Synthesis; References; Author index; Subject index; Taxonomic index

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